Category 3,4: 4 laps
Metropolitan Cycling Association | Team Squiggle
New York, NY
Confirmed riders (not including day-of registrations):
– Aaron Deutsch
Race Summary: Woke up to an inexplicable flat tire this am and discovered that the guy that owned the bike before me didn’t put rim tape in. (granted there are no spoke holes, only a hole for the inner tube stem, which is exactly where the tube started leaking). Since it was so close to race time I had to grab my travel spare and some gaffer tape, install it and run.
The start/finish line is on the east side of the park at the top of a short hill after the boathouse. There was a big field with mostly familiar faces and old rivalries.
The first lap (of 4) was, as with last week, begun in complete darkness, but wasn’t as bad as the description may suggest–there was plenty of light to see with the street lamps. What *was* a challenge is the squirlyness of the peleton. Right off the gun the group was running 27mph with a lot of swerving.
By the second lap things had smoothed out and we had our first breakaway of 6 guys which held for a lap.
Lap three brought Team United surges and flying crap. We had to dodge a garbage truck, a water bottle, an 8″ flying tree branch, and a baseball-sized rock. And those were the things that I saw.
Bell lap finally brought the group down to 22mph where the guys at the front tried to figure out what to do. For the amount of teams there nobody seemed to have a plan and there was no lead-out for the finish. Instead, most of the group wove it’s way around the last few curves completely intact before individuals started making a break for it.
Though my legs were a little burnt from 50 miles in CP yesterday (long story), I managed to pluck off all but 11. Might have been able to place higher if I had picked a different wheel to follow. As it turns out I beat my target by one place in this race and finished feeling strong so: goals met.